Community Programs and Events

Making Better Lives – Wellness Series

Improve your overall mobility & function in this weekly series with Dr. Lacey Neal – Physical Therapist and Clinic Manager at Rock Valley Physical Therapy.  Monthly Topics Include 

Monthly Topics include: January-Balance & Dizziness, February-Strength & Flexibility, and March-Pelvic Floor.  

Location: Baker Recreation Center

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am 

Dates: Every Wednesday January 10th – March 27th 

Cost: Free

Family Bingo Night

All ages will enjoy this family favorite! Join us for Family Bingo night.  It’s a great way to spend a fun evening with family and friends, plus we will have lots of fun prizes for all the lucky winners! Seating is limited, so sign up early to guarantee a space.

Location: Baker Recreation Center

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dates: Friday, January 12th & Friday, February 16th

Cost: $1 per bingo card recommended donation


Lil’ Explorers

Geared toward children 5 and under and their caregivers to explore movement, music, and literacy.  Story Time includes a theme each month with stories, songs, hands-on activities, and bubbles.  This monthly program is a great opportunity to learn and interact with your child and meet new friends.  On warm weather days, we will get out and explore nature!

Location: Donaldson Community Center

Time: 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Dates: Mondays:  Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug 26, Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23

Cost: Free!

Self Defense Class

This course will be instructed by Canton Police Officer Candi Buhl and is open to everyone ages 15 and older.  No ground techniques will be taught in class and all moves will be done standing up.  Some physical contact will occur, and waivers are required for all participants. Must pre-register.

Location:  Donaldson Community Center

Time: 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm 

Date: Tuesday, February 6th

Cost:  FREE 

Sweetheart Dance

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with your little one in a memorable and fun way.  We are excited to welcome any adult/child pair to join this sweetheart dance! 

Every pair attending will receive a lovely, framed photo to take home as a memento of this special occasion. Snacks and treats will be provided, dancing, games, photo station, and raffle prizes!  Music provided by Flipside DJ Service. 

Location: Baker Recreation Center

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dates: Sunday, February 11th

Cost: $20 per couple ($10 additional child)


Self-Defense Class – ADVANCED

This course will be instructed by Canton Police Officer Candi Buhl and is open to everyone 18 and older who took the basic class. Techniques will be more advanced skills.  Some physical contact will occur, and waivers are required for all participants. Must pre-register.

Location:  Donaldson Community Center

Time:   5:15 pm – 6:30 pm 

Dates: Thursday, February 22nd

Cost:   FREE


Fulton County Town & Country Art Show

The 67th Annual Fulton County Town and Country Art Show welcomes hobbyists, handcrafters, painters, photographers, weavers, welders, and many others who pursue art for its recreational value and reside in Fulton County.  Ribbons will be awarded based on merit.   One judge’s choice will be given in the adult and student category for ‘Best of Show’.  A maximum of three (3) items may be entered for adults, two (2) for students in 11th and 12th grade, and one (1) for students in kindergarten through 10th grade.  

They must consist of ORIGINAL works, not previously displayed in a Town & Country art exhibit. 

Location: Donaldson Community Center

Dates & Times:

Friday,  March 8th         4:00 pm  – 7:00 pm –  Exhibits must be brought to the Donaldson Center.

Saturday,  March 9th    1:00 pm  –  5:00 pm –  Public Viewing Hours

                                     1:00 pm  –  4:00 pm –  Popular Voting

                                     1:30 pm  –  2:00 pm –  Judge’s Critique

Sunday,  March 10th     1:00 pm  –  3:00 pm –  Public Viewing Hours

Cost:  An entry fee of $5 per exhibit will be charged to adult and college student entries.

Grade and high school students are not charged. 


Movie in the Park

Friday Night Outdoor Movie in the park under the stars, showing a new release on the big screen.  

Popcorn, candy, and drinks are available for purchase. 

Location: Big Creek Park

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Friday, June 21st & September 6th 

Cost: $3 per person

Writer’s Workshop

A week-long writing workshop for middle school students who have completed 5th, 6th, or 7th grade with instructor, Carol Davis, who is an award-winning workshop presenter and published writer as well as a playwright with musicals premiered at Bradley University and Spoon River College.  Many budding authors begin writing in their pre-and early teens; this workshop provides writing tools, strategies, and structures that foster and encourage a safe outlet for young people’s written expression.  Friday afternoon will include a Brown-Bag-It Lunch Time Reading of our Authors’ Stories by Area Actors from 12 – 1 pm with all Friends & Family invited.

Location: Donaldson Community Center

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

Date: Monday-Friday July 22nd – 26th   

Cost: $5 per person

Bark in the Park

This event will support the Humane Society of Fulton County (HSFC).  A variety of activities will be available; including paw print painting, Marvelous Mutt Show, demonstrations, animals for adoption, and pet-related exhibitors including nail trims.   Proceeds from Bark in the Park will help fund HSFC’s life-saving care for local animals in need and promote the adoption of homeless shelter animals.

Location: Big Creek Dog Park

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dates: Sunday, September 15th 

Cost: $25 pre-registration.  Each registration guarantees one Bark t-shirt & bandana, a souvenir photo, and entry to the event with one dog.   However, bringing your dog is optional. You can participate & enjoy the event without a dog! Day of Event entry is a minimum $2 donation per person, with t-shirts and bandanas available for purchase while supplies last.


Fall Festival

You are invited to a day of fall fun the whole family will enjoy! The festivities kick off at noon when registration opens for the 

pumpkin races.  Design your pumpkin (rules will apply) to compete in The Pumpkin Race 500.  Judging will be held in the 

categories of fastest car and best decorated for each age group. The festivities will continue at the fire pit and pavilion as we jump into the autumn season with crafts, games, a wiener roast (while supplies last), and hayrack rides!

Location: Big Creek Park

Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 5th (Rain Date Sunday, October 6th)

Cost: Free (must provide your own pumpkin to enter in the contest


Canton Spook Trail

The Canton Park District and Canton High School Thespian Club will host the 36th annual Spook Trail. 

This is a one-night only event!  This year’s theme will provide some new frights with the same fun as always! 

All groups are guided by haunted hosts.

Location: Nagel Playground at Lakeland Park

Time: Not-so-scary monsters for children up to age (8) from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All other ages 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, October 15th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Rain date: Wednesday, October 16th. 

Cost: $1 per person with proceeds donated to the Canton High School Thespian Club


Sweets with Santa

Children get their photo with Santa, enjoy yummy sweet treats, a hot chocolate bar, holiday crafts and story time! 

Location: Baker Recreation Center

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm    

Date: Sunday, December 15th

Cost: $6 per child